The joyful Jewish festival of Chanukah commemorates the event, over 2,100 years ago, when a small group of Jews, having fought off a mighty army to reclaim the Holy Temple, found that they had only one day’s worth of oil with which to light the menorah (a branched candelabra). Miraculously, the single jar of oil burned for eight days.

It is customary to light one candle of the Chanukah (a special menorah) each night of the festival until all eight are lit; to eat fried foods and to give gifts of money to children.